Newly released estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show traffic fatalities reached its highest number since 2005 last year. The report revealed an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year — over 3,600 of which occurred in California.

At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our Whittier auto accident attorneys know firsthand how these crashes impact families across the country, and in The Golden State. Unfortunately, whether these crashes are caused by distracted, speeding, or impaired drivers, most of the fatal crashes on our California roadways are preventable.

When the most recent figures were released, an NHTSA spokesperson stated, “This crisis on our roads is urgent and preventable. We will redouble our safety efforts, and we need everyone — state and local governments, safety advocates, automakers, and drivers — to join us. All our lives depend on it.”

Our Los Angeles County personal injury lawyers could not agree more.

Traffic Fatalities are Up Across All Types of Crashes

Throughout the U.S., traffic fatalities in the following crash categories showed relatively large increases from the previous year:

  • Bicyclists up 5%
  • Daytime accidents up 11%
  • Drivers 65 and older up 14%
  • Involving at least one large truck up 13%
  • Motorcyclists up 9%
  • Multi-vehicle crashes up 16%
  • Pedestrians up 13%
  • Police-reported, alcohol-involvement crashes up 5%
  • Speeding-related crashes up 5%
  • Urban roads up 16%

At Hanning & Sacchetto, our car accident lawyers in Whittier know that losing a loved one is one of the most difficult times families can endure. When these tragic losses are caused by negligent drivers, preventable circumstances can overwhelm them for years to come. If your family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of another driver’s negligence, we want to help you put the pieces back together by holding the liable party accountable for your financial recovery.

Contact Our California Auto Accident, Injury, and Fatality Attorneys For Help Today

Contact our skilled car accident lawyers in Whittier at Hanning & Sacchetto today by calling (562) 698-6446 to schedule a free consultation today and learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the best outcome for your unique circumstances.